“I think jobs are a big thing to talk about,” company’s CEO said.
A B.C. company has big plans for Prince George, B.C. and promises to go on a hiring spree to make it happen.
The B.C. Hemp Corporation made its pitch for a huge industrial hemp facility before a crowd of movers and shakers, including the mayor of Prince George, on Wednesday.
“I think jobs are a big thing to talk about,” said Michael Fazakas, CEO of B.C. Hemp, according to CKPG Today. “I think, between all the production sites, we can talk about employing a lot of local people. On the agricultural side, we can develop a crop that is financially viable to the farmer and, in turn, they can employ a lot of people,” Fazakas said.
The company intends to lease land from farmers near the city’s airport to build the $350 million operation it claims will create 1,500 new jobs. The plans call for the initial establishment of a smaller test site that will grow into a 300,000-acre undertaking by 2025.
Multiple facilities will be built to grow and convert hemp into extract cannabidiol, or CBD. The company also intends to conduct pharmaceutical research on the site.
The neighbouring airport is hoping that B.C. Hemp Corporation’s plans take off. “It really resonated with us,” said Gordon Duke, president and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority, according to CBC. “When the time comes to start shipping B.C. hemp to ports all over the world, we’re ready to help,” Duke said. “Ideally, we’ll be serving B.C. hemp smoothies in our (airport) cafe.”
Prince George has already approved another proposal from Cannwest Development that will bring a cannabis production facility — and 4,000 square metres of crops — to the area south of the airport. Cannwest anticipates the operation will create around 80 jobs.
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Written by David Yasvinski